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Stage

A woman's point of view

An actress' stunning performance lifts the American Stage's production of Heather Raffo's jarring play, "9 Parts of Desire."

By MARTY CLEAR, Times correspondent
Published April 26, 2007


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In 9 Parts of Desire, playwright Heather Raffo explores the Iraq War's effect on a disparate group of women, from an Iraqi teen who has grown up with bullets and bombs to an avant-garde artist who finds inspiration amid the horror in Baghdad to an Iraqi-American woman who bemoans the war while she gets a pedicure.

The American Stage production of Raffo's jarring play gets a huge lift from a stunningly soulful performance by Julie Rowe.

In an unusual arrangement, American Stage co-produced 9 Parts of Desire with the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. The one-woman show enjoyed a successful run at TBPAC in February and March, and moves to American Stage Friday through May 6. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. $26. (727) 823-7529 or americanstage.org.

[Last modified April 25, 2007, 12:54:16]


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